Last year the deer ate my potato plants. I have since been told that potatoes are part of the nightshade family and are toxic. So deer shouldn’t have eaten them. All I know is the plants were there, healthy and happy one day and the next day they were gone. The strawberries, nearby were also gone, eaten by deer. Something ate them. So this year, when I planted potatoes, I fenced them off.
I wanted to make sure I got a few potatoes at least.
To my delight, they grew well and flowered. The deer seemed to have gotten the memo about potatoes being toxic because they have left them alone. How many potatoes would there be? And where would I put them? I hadn’t really thought about that.
Luckily, Gardener’s Supply (a workers’ co op and my favorite place to buy gardening toys) was having a sale. They had a few options for storing harvest. I chose this orchard rack.
It has six pull out shelves. It will be good for onions, garlic, potatoes, squash and you could put green tomatoes there to ripen. It came yesterday and we put it together. I love it!
So today I went out to see how the potatoes were doing. It has been over 10 weeks so new potatoes will be ready. I checked the grow bags first. There may be time to start some new sprouted potatoes…especially if the greenhouse is up by the time it gets cold…and I was curious. So I harvested the grow bags and then planted a Fall crop.
Still I decided to leave the bigger potato patch for awhile. I will wait until the plants start to die back and harvest them then. Though I did take the fence down and weeded a bit.
If each on each one of these plants has a few potatoes growing, there will be plenty.
And there is room for them in the new storage rack.
Three more drawers!
Luckily, when I checked the winter squash, I found this.
So we may just fill that rack yet!